'We believe he fell': Man's tragic death at Ballina river

UPDATE, Monday, 12.05pm: POLICE have confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man at Ballina over the weekend.

A body of a man in his 50s was found on the rocks at the river's edge near the Ballina RSL Club about 11pm on Saturday.

Richmond Police District Inspector David Vandergriend said investigations by local detectives and crime scene officers had resulted in the conclusion that there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.

"We believe he may have fallen from the wall and we are confirming whether alcohol was a factor," he said.

"This will be confirmed once the post mortem examination has been carried out."

People are assisting police with inquiries.


Original story: INVESTIGATIONS are under way after a man's body was found in the Richmond River at Ballina on Saturday night.

Police and paramedics were tasked to Grant St, near the Ballina RSL Club, after reports of a possible drowning.

A NSW Ambulance Media spokesman said crews were called at 10.50pm.

NSW Police Media said the man's body was found on the rocks at the river's edge about 11pm.

While details of the incident are not clear at this stage, it is believed two people fell off a rock wall and into the water.

A second person was assessed by paramedics at the scene.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked but then called off before crews got airborne.

Police said the deceased man, who has not been formally identified, was in his 50s.

Officers from Richmond Police District attended and established a crime scene.

Initial inquiries suggest the man's death was not suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.